Some perspective

On Wednesday, President Obama signed a bill authorizing the construction of a new Stillwater Bridge, a $690 million project that will serve possibly 18,000 car trips per day.  Here are some other transportation segments that serve at least 18,000 trips per day.

To name just a few.  Some of these facilities may currently have adequate capacity, but I’m sure quite a few are in a state of deferred maintenance (potholes, surfacing) or could use significantly better infrastructure (bus signs, shelters, pedestrian facilities, intersection redesign, etc) to serve existing users.  I assume that if any of these segments need improvement, we’ll see bipartisan support and state and federal funding up to $690 million per.

(A special runner-up goes to the SE Washington Ave Bridge, which in 2011 saw an estimated 6,850 bicycle trips per day.  That’s only about 38% of 18,000, so $262 million for bike improvements on this span should suffice.)

Cross-posted at streets.mn

2 thoughts on “Some perspective

  1. Froggie

    Given what this’ll do to St Croix County, I’d have gone with 40,000. You can start the comparison with Hwy 36. Or the Hi-Freq routes for Metro Transit (which I think is more than 40K).

  2. Froggie

    Given what this’ll do to St Croix County, I’d have gone with 40,000. You can start the comparison with Hwy 36. Or the Hi-Freq routes for Metro Transit (which I think is more than 40K).

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